Podcasts: Innovation in Asia

Podcast Episodes

Innovation and Young Women in Asia

From Silicon Valley to Asia

How to Make Corporate Innovation Work

Fintech in Asia

Future of Tech in Asia

China and Innovation


Innovation: Structure vs Strategy

Innovation is a function of structure not strategy.

If the corporate world embraces entrepreneurship as a key skill for their most talented people…

…and they are able to build structures that encourage risk

…the next wave of innovation could come from
– banks
– post offices and

Functional vs Customer Competence

☕ Are you selling a product or solving a problem?

This is the difference between:
– “Functional” competence and
– “Customer” competence.

The most agile companies today are ruthlessly aligned around customer problems.

Platform Thinking

Digital Transformation is platform thinking: if you can solve a customer’s problems by flying them from A to B, you now have permission to solve others.

Tony Fernandes shares with me his dream of building on the AirAsia platform to bring ASEAN music to the world.

All Innovation is Copying

💡There are no original ideas.

All innovation is copying.

Competitors copy, nations copy.

Get over it.

All that matters today is how good you are at execution.

How young women disrupt communications tech

WeChat, LINE and WhatsApp are used by nearly 3 billion people worldwide.

But where did this technology really come from?

There are many theories out there, but one that often doesn’t get credit is the innovation of Japanese High School girls. When it comes to decentralized communication technologies, young Asian females are often quick to identify and assimilate new trends.

Disruptive Innovation: The Mouse

17 NOV. On this day in history: the story of the humble computer Mouse.

It’s not as sexy as blockchain, AI or the internet, but the Mouse gave us modern computing, the tablet and the smartphone…

The story of the Mouse is testament to the power of having a vision, and the importance of taking small steps towards achieving that vision.


How Big Data Drives Innovation

A spicy Snickers bar!

Big Data can help develop radical product lines, as in this case of Alibaba + Snickers.

But Data is only as good as the story we can tell about it.

In a world overwhelmed by information, the skill of telling an engaging story is key to the success of innovation.

– Data is insight
– Story is what that insight means to you

PS: Thanks to DHL for inviting me to speak at their APAC Innovation Centre to share the story of innovation in Asia.

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Customers Know What they *Don’t* Want

They say … “customers don’t know what they want.”
But the reality is …customers know what they *don’t* want.

Here’s 3 case study examples:

1) Customers didn’t know they wanted GOOGLE,
… they knew they didn’t want noisy directories like Yahoo!

2) Customers didn’t know they wanted TRANSFERWISE
… they knew they didn’t want slow and expensive remittances

3) Customers didn’t know they wanted NETFLIX
… they knew they didn’t want late fees and limited movies

Digital transformation is about building small cross functional teams that identify and respond fast to these customer frustrations.

Too often we think the way forward is a “killer app” or a magic wand that disrupts everything. Doing common things uncommonly well is the most disruptive strategy of all.

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Leadership in the Exponential Era Book

As we enter the new decade we are faced with new challenges. The 4th Industrial Revolution will create winners and losers.

In this book, author Graham D Brown shares the strategies of Leaders navigating the paradigm shift in business competition brought on by the 3 Exponential Macros of the 4th Industrial Revolution:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Connectivity
  • Asia

264 page digital PDF copy of Leadership in the Exponential Era available for free direct download from Dropbox.

Podcasting for Brands™ Book

The go-to guide for brand Leaders and podcast managers who want to know what’s working in the world of business podcasts today. Drawing from our team experience of producing over 600 podcasts and 30 brand case studies including Facebook, Slack, Andreesen Horowitz, Amazon Web Services, Netflix and Google.

136 Page Guide with recommendations on how brands should approach podcasts and what is required to make podcasts sustainable and successful long term.

  • 30 Case Studies of Brand Original Podcasts
  • The Pikkal Podcast Quadrant – a map to help understand the different types of Brand Original Podcasts
  • Analysis of business objectives, podcast call to action and meta themes
  • 10 Headline Statistics on the global podcast market.


How will Artificial Intelligence impact Leadership, Connection and Communication?

The XL:AI book is the updated synposis of the Artificial Intelligence sections of the main XL Book.

Companies featured include: Amazon, Biomind, Ford, General Motors, Google, Haidilao Hot Pot, Huawei, IBM, Microsoft, PWC, Southwest Airlines, Tesla, Xiaomi, Zappos

XL:AI details how Artificial Intelligence will impact:
– lawyers, accountants, doctors
– healthcare
– storytelling
– automotive
– gender inequality
– branding
– retail